2022 Singapore Travel Guide for Filipinos
Is Singapore listed as one of the countries to visit as part of your revenge travel this year? You’ve come to the right page as we have compiled a guide to help you travel hassle-free to the Lion city. You won’t feel Kiasu (Singaporeans term of the fear of missing out), because you can refer to our list for you to be able feast yourself with scrumptious foods from Hainanese Chicken Rice to Laksa and not miss out on Singapore’s must-visit famous tourist spots. Here’s what you need to know if travelling from the Philippines to Singapore.
Visa-free and quarantine-free
One of the countries that Filipinos can visit without a visa is Singapore and stay upto 30 days and it also does not require quarantine!
Filipino travellers must fill up online a Singapore Arrival Card (SGAC) application, an electronic landing card for travellers who wish to enter Singapore, by providing personal and travel details, and passport data. SGAC also has a section for the Singapore health declaration, a mandatory form for all incoming passengers, including Singapore residents. Take note that you will need an email address and must prepare a credit or debit card to pay the processing fee.
Important information regarding SGAC for Filipino citizens, as per Singaporevisa.com:
- SGAC does not have a defined validity.
- Filipino travellers can stay for the period defined by the visa waiver agreement (30 days for visitors from the Philippines)
- SGAC is valid for a single entry into Singapore. Filipino travellers who wish to re-enter the state will need to get a new Arrival Card EACH TIME they travel. Furthermore, entry to Singapore must be done in the THREE DAYS following the approval of their Arrival Card, or this will expire.
- Filipino citizens can use the SGAC to enter Singapore for tourism, leisure, medical treatment, business, or study (together with the visa, when required). Entry is allowed via air, land, or sea.
- SGAC applicants must have a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of arrival in Singapore and should have at least one blank page for border crossing stamps.
For more information about Singapore Arrival Card, may refer here.
Check travel restrictions and regulations
Via the new Vaccinated Travel Framework, that started last April 1, 2022, entry to Singapore by non-Singaporean travellers is more at ease as the following were implemented:
For fully-vaccinated travellers:
- Stay-Home Notice (SHN) and on-arrival COVID-19 tests are NOT needed for all fully vaccinated travellers, or children aged 12 and below.
- Application for entry approvals (aincluding the Vaccinated Travel Pass (VTP)) are NOT required as well as taking designated flights
- There is no need for travel insurance for fully-vaccinated short-term visitors.
- Whether via air or sea checkpoints, fully-vaccinated travellers will no longer need to undergo Pre-Departure Testing.
For non-fully vaccinated travellers:
- Travellers born before 2020 (i.e. above 2 years old) are required to take any of the following Covid-19 tests within 2 days before departure for Singapore:
- Covid-19 PCR Test
- Antigen Rapid Test (ART) that is either
i. Professionally administered,
ii. [For Eligible Travellers Only] Self-administered ART remotely supervised by an approved ART provider in Singapore.
More information regarding travel requirements can be checked here.
Note: Especially for those Filipinos coming back from abroad, when entering the Philippines, travellers (whether Filipinos or foreign) must fill-up e-Travel Registration, a mandatory requirement for arrival in the Philippines, imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) that started last December 1, 2022. Make sure the form is filled-up and you have the QR code for this ready before checking in to your flight.
Must see in Singapore
There are numerous famous spots for tourists in Singapore, some require you to pay for ticket/entrance fees but many of the iconic ones are FREE.
- Gardens by the Bay
Free to watch the light and sound show (held at night) but if you want to access the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and OCBC Skyway, you would need to purchase a ticket.
- Merlion Park
There is no charge to enter Merlion Park, this is where you can free full view of the amazing architectures such as the Marina Bay Sands, Merlion statue, ArtScience Museum and many more, and it even showcase free Light and Water Show at night (Sunday to Thursday – 8pm & 9pm; Friday & Saturday – 8pm, 9pm, & 10pm).
- Singapore Botanic Gardens
Can visit its various zones for free except for the National Orchid Garden, home to over 1000 species of orchids, which collects a SGD5 admission fee.
- Buddha Tooth Relic Temple
Admission to the temple and Saturday’s weekly-guided tours are free of charge.
- Sri Mariamman Temple
It is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore and is located in Chinatown.
And speaking of Chinatown, it is also a great place for food trips and pasalubong shopping for Filipinos and one of the biggest hawker centers can be found there.
From thrilling aquatic adventures and ziplining to relaxing cable car rides, discover all the exciting attractions that Sentosa has to offer. To experience this ride, you can book your ticket via Klook.
Don’t forget to take a picture with the Universal Studio’s iconic globe, that you can visit for free as it is just situated in a spot that does not require an admission ticket.
- MacRitchie Reservoir
This park and nature reserve found at the very heart of Singapore is a popular destination for runners, water sports enthusiasts, and nature lovers and it showcases bird’s eye view of the lush forest via the 250m TreeTop Walk, an aerial free standing suspension bridge spanning the two highest points within MacRitchie. And guess what? Admission is free for all visitors!
- Jewel at Changi Airport
A world-class aviation hub that has an urban oasis inside that features a 40-metre-high Rain Vortex–the largest indoor waterfall in the world, 14,000-square-metre rooftop park and many other unique attractions such as a slide to your boarding gate, swimming pool and Nike’s largest retail space in Southeast Asia.
- Tan Teng Niah House
This house stands out from the other buildings in Little India as it is painted with vibrant colors that any angle captured with this house would be instagram-worthy.
- Haji Lane
It is known for its hip shops and street art, attracting many tourists as a cool place to hang out or take pictures for social media.
Singapore is home to many delicious and diverse cuisines. Below list are some of the dishes that you must try when in Singapore:
- Hainanese chicken rice
Usually served with rice cooked in chicken stock, it is steamed chicken dish paired with dipping sauce and cucumber garnishes.
- Chili crab
Hard-shell crabs cooked in semi-thick sweet and savoury gravy with a tomato chilli base
Rice noodles in spicy coconut curry soup with shrimp, fish cakes, egg and chicken meat
- Char kuay teow
Stir fried broad rice noodles fried with black soya sauce, bean sprouts, fish cake, clams and Chinese sausage.
- Singaporean Ice Cream Sandwich
Brick of ice cream (choose from different flavors) and wrapped up in a slice of bread. Vendors are found along the Orchard Road (from Ion Orchard to Takashimaya)
There are other more dishes in Singapore to try on top of this list, many are Malaysian and/or Chinese cuisine inspired. But, if you are looking for a more special gastronomic experience, try the Michelin starred restaurants as Singapore is not only home to the famous Hawker Stalls but also amongst the top countries which has the highest number of Michelin starred restaurants.
How to manage your Singapore Trip budget
Despite Singapore being deemed as one of the most expensive countries to live in, visiting it, especially for Filipinos, can be manageable. In fact a 3days and 2nights trip to the Lion City can only cost you Php20,000, as long as you won’t be fined you’ll be fine. And by “fined” we meant not paying any penalty fees for not following city regulations such as regulations on chewing gum, smoking and drinking alcohols. To know more about these budget guide and Singapore policies, check out this Klook blog.
But make sure to not forget to still bring ample cash if you plan to shop pasalubongs and souvenirs. Also, make sure to bring backup sources like debit cards that you can use to withdraw funds from ATMs worldwide just like the Security Bank Mastercard Debit Card. And minimize your travel cost as much as possible by using your credit card rewards points in purchasing flight tickets, booking hotels and even in shopping. If you don’t have credit card yet, check out this Security Bank Mastercard Credit Card that can be used worldwide and even offer installments and ready cash services whenever and wherever you needed.
When getting your plane tickets, check patiently from time to time the ticket prices in Google flights or Skyscanner. And be sure to be one of the first ones to know about airline promos by following their social media accounts, constantly checking their websites and applying for their free memberships. Know more hacks about how to score cheap airline fares by checking this blog. And for hassle-free travel, be guided of the common travel mistakes and tips on avoiding them by reading this blog.
For airlines offering direct flights from Philippines to Singapore, check this list:
So what are you waiting for? Book that flight to Singapore now and fill your social media accounts with pictures of Singapore foods you ate and iconic spots you visited. Don’t forget to share this blog to your family and friends who are also planning to visit Singapore. Hope this curated 2022 Singapore travel guide for Filipinos will make your travel-planning easier.
And if you are also aiming to go to Thailand this year, check out this curated 2022 Thailand Travel Guide for Filipinos.